Cruel Flesh: Films of the New French Extremity at BFI

Cruel Flesh: Films of the New French Extremity is a new season at BFI celebrating the unique moment in cinema history that sent shockwaves through arthouse sensibilities. Love them or hate them, these films are brutally compelling explorations of intimacy in a violent world.

‘They are not violent films but rather films about violence and its larger impact on the world’
Author Alexandra West

‘Cruel Flesh’ showcases 14 classic french extreme films, including Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Inside, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi’s Baise-Moi, Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs, and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension (aka Switchblade Romance).

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The season also features talks, panel discussions, and special director’s cut screenings. There’s also a 4-session course running throughout May which explores the historical, cultural, social and political context for the film phenomenon.

A special section of the season will feature the work of provocative director Gaspar Noé, who will attend a number of in-person events, including a preview of his latest feature, Vortex, on 10th May followed by ‘in conversation’ with the filmmaker.

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